Saturday, April 4, 2009

No Hospital Time Today!

April 4, 2009

I meant to start this update at 4:44 this afternoon (04/04, 4:44), but Erin and I got caught up with Cathy and Katie Locket and the lanyards, and I just didn't get it done.

I had a couple of complaints that I left you hanging after April Fool's Day. We spent a vast majority of the day at the hospital on Thursday (11:00-10:00) and only a small portion of the day on Friday (11:00-3:30) at St. Joseph's hospital getting transfusions. Erin's hemoglobin had slipped so low that we had to take extreme precautions in pumping her back up (very, very slowly) so that we didn't put undue strain on her heart and lungs. We also pumped in some platelets so she could have a little dental work done next week. Erin managed to keep a very good spirit about the whole affair, thanks in large part to the many friends who stopped by to play games (Quiddler, Set, Scrabble, Boggle, and something else that has a funny name that I can't remember. . .something like Kanoodle). I don't know whether I mentioned that we flew through the second book of the Septimus Heap series (Flyte) earlier this week, and have started the third book Physic.

We celebrated on Friday evening with the Ross's and Elaine and Ian, playing Taboo, eating Gina's take out and generally having a time that said, "thank goodness we are at home on a beautiful evening with the whole family and our dear friends doing the things we love."

I wish Erin's health wasn't so delicate right now. Instead of getting an immediate bounce from her transfusions, we have to wait for all the fluids to settle and the bloating to go away. Erin moved rather slowly today, relatively happy, but less comfortable than I would prefer.

We need to thank everyone for all the love and support we are getting these days, not to mention a load of gifts, cards, and treasures. Thanks to everyone for keeping us in the forefront! We really appreciate it.


  1. I was a real downer today-you know just had too much on my plate. I sit down here and see Erins smile, and I can't take my eyes off of it as I think about the day I wasted being a mope. Erin, you are such a beacon! You truly are. And so's your momma. And her friend.


  2. We just want to say hello and tell you we are thinking of you.

  3. I'm always amazed by Erin's attitude. Sending endless prayers your way.

  4. Hello Buengers!
    Just wanted to stop by and say hi.
    Erin, Your bright smile is just gorgeous.

    Hans has been missing you, and Willie too! Give him a pat for us.

    Lara and family

  5. Erin, as always, your beautiful smile and beautiful spirit are an inspiration!

    Tiffany says hi, hi and to tell you that we will work with your mom's friend to schedule a visit very soon!

    Love and hugs,

    Reeves Family

  6. Just another NB family wanting to let you know that we're following your blog, praying for you in specific ways, knowing what you're going through.

    Thanks for sharing your life, your struggles and your triumphs with us.

    Leigh Saxon
    (mom to Paul 1-18-01 ~ 7-14-07)

  7. Thoughts and prayers for Erin, beautiful as always, and always smiling! All the best.

  8. Glad there was a respite from the hospital. Thinking of you all.

  9. Hi Buengers! Just wanted to let you know we are sending up some good ju-ju thoughts for you straight from Disneyworld...where dreams come true!!

    Have a very Hippoty-Hoppity Easter!!

    Kari Mika

  10. hi texas friends,
    liking your smile today. i'm heading down to houston on april 20th for a photoshoot. gosh, i would love to meet you finally! i don't have our schedule yet, but will let you know as we get closer.
    lots of love,
    toby's mom

  11. Sending positive thoughts and prayers your way!

  12. Hello, wonderful Buengers! Just checking in. Erin, I love your beautiful smile, and I love to hear about all of the books you are reading!
    Christine Hait and all of the Hait family in South Carolina

  13. Hi Erin and family,

    it was good to see you guys last week. I'll be on Sandy's case to finish this lanyard for Mrs. Werner. Hope you are feeling a little better- you did look better on the photo.

    Sending love and prayers,
    the Schwalen/Kamphoefners

  14. Just stopping by to say Hi and sending prayers your way. I'm going to have to try that Gina's restaurant next time we are in that area - sounds like they have some good food if they have Erin's stamp of approval!

    Charon Edgington

  15. Hi Erin & Vickie,
    Glad to see Erin smiling through it all! The smile just dazzles! Are you still making lanyards,Erin? because,if so, I would love one too-- light blue,dark blue & turquoise!
    I know how much fun you're having with Aunt Jan and your friends back from Australia, you know Margot's brother and Sam's cousins all live in Australia! It's such a fun place to go and visit! I am going to be in Texas for Easter, London,Texas as a matter of fact,and I, would love to give y'all a call and wish you a Happy Easter! Erin,no matter what I've been through (which is a lot lately) on a weekly or daily basis; I can always read your blog and gain both hope and courage from your radiant smile and fighting spirit! Sending many hugs and prayers your way!
    Very Fondly, "Sam's Gram", "Grandma Sara"